HB 807

84(R) - 2015
House Juvenile Justice & Family Issues
House Juvenile Justice & Family Issues

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
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  • Positive


Dawnna Dukes

Bill Caption

Relating to authorization for a caregiver who is a relative to enroll a child in school.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. 

Bill Analysis

This legislation would create a process for a relative that is a caregiver to a child to allow them to enroll the child in school by submitting an affidavit indicating that the child resided primarily with the caregiver and that the caregiver could not contact the parent or legal guardian for authorization after a diligent effort to locate them, and requires the Commissioner of Education to ensure that the affidavit would be accepted by schools and school districts, by establishing rules and publishing the affidavit on the website of department.

Vote Recommendation Notes

5/21/2015 update:

No changes have been made to this bill in House committee. 

First chamber recommendation:

We support this legislation under the individual liberty principle, on behalf of the child attempting to enroll in school. It is not the fault of the child that they have been abandoned or given to a relative, and is now prohibited in enrolling in school. This legislation gives the relative who is the caregiver the ability to enroll the student into public school, and no longer hindering that child's liberty to participate in public school.